Familiar buildings, defined by their purpose, with vibrant worlds to discover below. Philosophers to city dwellers explore their shelters underneath of our day to day. Discover the worlds of Luke O'Sullivan's "Cool Shelter," now on view at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia.
My work is about the intersection of built environments and subterranean systems. I create drawings and sculptures of fantastical urban environments. Often inspired by dystopian and science fiction films, I combine recognizable architectural forms and impossible buildings to make diorama-esque works. Early Nintendo games, animations, and maps of caves helped shape my imagination and approach to drawing. The recent works in “Cool Shelter” explore the relationship between an overworld and underworld. Screen printed drawings and patterns on wood occupy the underground labyrinths with various stations, ladders, and wiring. Three-dimensional textures and two-dimensional façades blend together to create a layered industrial landscape.